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Survey Questions for Astronomy Cast study


Thank you very much for your interest in Astronomy Cast. We very much appreciate the minutes and hours you have given us listening to our show - your dedication drives us to keep doing the show. This survey is our way of trying to understand what motivates you and what else interests you. Your response will help us better understand podcast listeners, and allow us to improve what we do for you. Thanks!


Some Basics

  1. What is your age?  Required

  2. What is your gender?
    Male
    Female
    Prefer Not to Answer

  3. In what country do you reside?

  4. US: What is your zip code?
    UK: What is the first part of your postal code?        

The Astronomy Cast Podcast

  1. When you started listening, on average, how difficult did you find it to understand Astronomy Cast?
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 NA
    very easy very difficult Prefer not to answer


  2. Now, on average, how difficult do you find it to understand Astronomy Cast?
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 NA
    very easy very difficult Prefer not to answer


  3. Where did you first hear about Astronomy Cast?

  4. From where do you most often listen to?
     From home
     From work
     On the go
     From a computer in a public place (such as a library)
     Other:

What are your reasons for listening?

  1. We're trying to understand why you listen to our show compared to why people participate in other projects. How motivating are these reasons to you? Please choose a response to indicate how much of a motivating factor that reason is for you, on a scale from 1 (not at all motivating) to 7 (very motivating).

    I want to hear content on things previously unknown to researchers.
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 NA
    not motivating to me very motivating to me Prefer not to answer


    I am excited to see the results of current research.
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 NA
    not motivating to me very motivating to me Prefer not to answer


    I find the site and forums helpful in learning about astronomy.
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 NA
    not motivating to me very motivating to me Prefer not to answer


    I can hear things few people have heard about seen before.
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 NA
    not motivating to me very motivating to me Prefer not to answer


    I can meet other people with similar interests in the forums.
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 NA
    not motivating to me very motivating to me Prefer not to answer


    I find it to be a useful resource for teaching other people.
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 NA
    not motivating to me very motivating to me Prefer not to answer


    I enjoy listening to the stories they tell.
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 NA
    not motivating to me very motivating to me Prefer not to answer


    I am amazed by the vast scale of the universe.
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 NA
    not motivating to me very motivating to me Prefer not to answer


    I am interested in astronomy / space science.
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 NA
    not motivating to me very motivating to me Prefer not to answer


    I find science really interesting.
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 NA
    not motivating to me very motivating to me Prefer not to answer


    I follow anything Pamela and/or Fraser do.
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 NA
    not motivating to me very motivating to me Prefer not to answer


  2. Which of the reasons above is MOST import to you when listening to Astronomy Cast? Select the radio button next to
    your most important reason:
      I want to hear content on things previously unknown to researchers.
      I am excited to see the results of current research.
      I find the site and forums helpful in learning about astronomy.
      I can hear things few people have heard about seen before.
      I can meet other people with similar interests in the forums.
      I find it to be a useful resource for teaching other people.
      I enjoy listening to the stories they tell.
      I am amazed by the vast scale of the universe.
      I am interested in astronomy / space science.
      I find science really interesting.
      I follow anything Pamela and/or Fraser do.

  3. What other podcasts do you listen to?

  4. What was your attitude toward astronomy before listening to Astronomy Cast?
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 NA
    no interest much interest NA


  5. What was your attitude toward astronomy after listening to Astronomy Cast?
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 NA
    no interest much interest NA


  6. Do you participate in the Astronomy Cast forum at http://www.bautforum.com/?
      Yes   No

       b) If no, what are your reasons for not participating in the forum available?
          No interest       Nothing to contribute       I was not aware there was a forum.
          Other:

  7. Which emotion do you feel most often as you use or think about Astronomy Cast?
    Excitement Informed Pleasure Contentment Intelligent NA

  8. Do you tell others about Astronomy Cast?   Yes   No

  9. Please check the box next to any science-related activities that you enjoy:
     Before listening to
    Astronomy Cast
    After listening to
    Astronomy Cast
    Reading popular science magazines (such as New Scientist or Scientific American)
    Reading popular science books
    Amateur astronomy or stargazing
    Other science hobbies (birdwatching, etc.)
    Model building (model airplanes, rockets, etc.)
    Reading or writing science fiction
    Watching science television shows or specials
    Other

  10. Please check the box next to any online collaboration projects you have participated in:
     Before listening to
    Astronomy Cast
    After listening to
    Astronomy Cast
    SETI@Home
    Stardust@Home
    Clickworkers
    Cornell Birdwatching Public Science Project
    Amazon Mechanical Turk
    The ESP game
    Wikipedia (As a reader)
    Wikipedia (As a contributor)
    Astronomy Picture of the Day (As viewer)
    Astronomy Picture of the Day (As contributor)
    YouTube, Flickr or other media sites (As a viewer)
    YouTube, Flickr or other media sites (As a contributor)
    Other

Demographics

  1. Does your occupation or course of study primarily involve science, technology, engineering or mathematics?
      Yes
      Somewhat
      No

  2. What is the highest level of education you have completed?


One Final Thing...

  1. Do you do any of the following?
    Prefer Not To Answer
    Participate in online citizen science (e.g. Foldit@Home, Clickworkers)
    Submit observing data to research projects (e.g. AAVSO, Minor Planet Center)
    Do astrophotography
    Observer / stargaze for fun
    Listen to Astronomy Podcasts
    Read Astronomy Blogs
    Look at Astronomy Picture of the Day sites
    Attend astronomy lectures or belong to an astronomy club
    Subscribe to paper astronomy magazines or newsletters

Thank you for answering!